Sandee Brawarsky's blog

For The Time Being

So what do we mean when we talk about Jewish time? Always late by ten minutes? Days divided by requisite prayer services, weeks punctuated with the slowing down of Shabbat, years marked by yahrtzeits? Or is Jewish time always set in different time zones, as the Jewish people are dispersed throughout the world?  Or, as my grandmother would ask, Are you keeping time with anyone? To her, time meant sharing hours and it meant being together, in sync.

Installation view of "Using Walls, Floors and Ceilings: Valeska Soares." The Jewish Museum, NY. David Heald.

Record Breaking Judaica Sale At Sotheby’s

An antiquarian book dealer based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Stevenson, Maryland is the new owner of Daniel Bomberg’s 16th century Babylonian Talmud, bought last week in auction at Sotheby’s New York. The $9.3 million sales price set a new world record for a single item of Judaica.

The Complete Babylonian Talmud, printed by Daniel Bomberg in Venice, 16th century. Courtesy of Sotheby's New York

Revisiting A Nutcracker Prince

A fairy tale within a fairy tale, the dancers playing the roles of the Prince and Marie in Gelsey Kirkland  Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” are newly husband and wife, and dancing together for the first time.

Dawn Milatin and Erez Milatin in rehearsal for Gelsey Kirkland Ballet's "The Nutcracker"

Seasons Readings For Kids

For Chanukah 2015, young readers are treated to romance in the Atlas Mountains, stories of the real lives of Israeli kids, tales of helping others in this holiday season, easy-to-follow recipes and, as always, new spins on the Maccabee story.

Courtesy of Penguin Random House

Last Chance: Michal Nachmany’s Artistic Journey

Michal Nachmany turns found objects into art, layering memory, memorabilia, meaning and color in her original collages and works on paper.  The work reflects her journey from Israel to America, and also, as is timely for the beginning of the New Year, a journey within. 

Michal Nachmany outside of La Boite, New York City.

Remembering Oliver Sacks

One thing I’ll never forget about my 1997 interview with Oliver Sacks was that, after trying for weeks to get to see him, I neglected to turn on the tape recorder. When I left his Greenwich Village apartment and tried to play back the tape, I realized it was blank. And his voice was so soft-spoken and gripping that I barely took notes. I felt like a character out of one of his studies: The Reporter Who Mistook Her Finger for a Microphone.

Oliver Sacks. Photo by Elena Seibert

Firsthand Memories Of Janusz Korczak

This week marks the 73rd anniversary of Janusz Korczak’s fatal march with the children of his Warsaw orphanage. While supporters arranged a path to freedom from the Nazis for him, the writer, educator and physician chose instead to stand by his children, and marched with nearly 200 of them to the train that would take all of them to their deaths in Treblinka. Some say that the children sang, but that might be legend. What’s known is that they walked in dignity, carrying the flag of their orphanage, with its emblem on one side and the Star of David on the other; they felt safe in Korczak’s presence.

Courtesy Marcia Talmadge Schneider

Back-to-Back Jewish Ghosts

My reading list is usually determined by a certain serendipity of deadlines, recommendations, book covers that jump out of the pile and the lure of whatever arrives in the mail that day.  Yes, I receive new books almost every day.

Courtesy Harper Books

Premiering This Weekend: A Heschel Documentary On ABC-TV

If the child is the father of the man, what then is the young adult? In the case of theologian Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, his poetry in Yiddish – penned in his early 20s –- provides the first glimpse of his greatness.

Courtesy Diva Communications
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